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Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Cassidy Hutchinson's Testimony against Trump Is Devastating  —  Things will not be the same after this.  —  Cassidy Hutchinson, a top aide to Trump's White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, provided compelling testimony Tuesday that former president Donald Trump is singularly culpable for the Capitol riot.
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David Frum / The Atlantic:
Kevin McCarthy, Have You No Sense of Decency?  —  In the last few minutes of today's January 6 committee hearing, Representative Liz Cheney presented evidence of possible witness intimidation.  Several witnesses, she reported, had received messages from shadowy persons purportedly close …
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Will the Jan. 6 Committee Finally Bring Down the Cult of Trump?  —  There's a saying among cult experts: Nobody ever joins a cult.  —  Of course, people join what, to outsiders, certainly appear to be cults — the Branch Davidians, the Moonies, the Peoples Temple and so on.
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Pro-Trump web raced to debunk Jan. 6 testimony.  Then they got confused.  —  The former president's supporters quickly spun an online conspiracy theory that he couldn't have possibly lunged for his driver's steering wheel on Jan. 6, 2021.  When evidence suggested otherwise, they tried other routes to distract from the truth.
ABC News:
Trump White House attorney disputes Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony about handwritten note  —  Hutchinson testified before the House Jan. 6 committee Tuesday.  —  Former Trump White House lawyer Eric Herschmann is claiming that a handwritten note regarding a potential statement …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Jan. 6 panel may have found its ‘smoking gun’  —  With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  It's hard to imagine how Tuesday's surprise hearing of the House Jan. 6 committee could've been more damning for President DONALD TRUMP.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
A lawyer for Virginia Thomas said she would not testify to the House panel.  —  A lawyer for Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and a supporter of President Donald J. Trump's efforts to stay in power after the 2020 election, told the House select committee investigating …
Discussion: Forbes
CBS News:
Secret Service plans to respond to Jan. 6 committee regarding Trump's actions, after Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony  —  The U.S. Secret Service will have more to say to the Jan. 6 House select committee after former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony Tuesday regarding former …
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
The optimistic melancholy of Bennie G. Thompson  —  The witness called him “sir.”  When Cassidy Hutchinson, the former White House aide, testified before the Jan. 6 committee on Tuesday afternoon, she addressed Chairman Bennie G. Thompson with a word that afforded him respect as a man, not merely as an official.
Discussion: Fox News
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Post Politics Now: Breyer to retire Thursday from Supreme Court, clearing way for Jackson swearing-in
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
January 6 testimony puts Donald Trump in even greater legal peril
Charlie Duxbury / Politico:
Swedish and Finnish NATO deal with Turkey triggers fears over Kurdish deportations  —  STOCKHOLM — Relief over Tuesday night's deal with Turkey unblocking the NATO accession process for Sweden and Finland was palpable on Wednesday, but there were also fears that the two Nordic states …
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Jamie McIntyre / Washington Examiner:
NATO poised to take historic action on strategy, enlargement, and Ukraine
Associated Press:
US to boost military presence in Europe for Russia threat
Aaron Zitner / Wall Street Journal:
In New Poll, 89% of Ukrainians Reject Ceding Land to Reach Peace With Russia
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Narrows Ruling for Tribes in Oklahoma  —  The decision followed a landmark 2020 ruling that said much of eastern Oklahoma falls within Indian reservation lands, limiting the authority of state prosecutors.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
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Washington Examiner:
High court allows Oklahoma to prosecute non-Indian criminal offenders on tribal lands
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Sean Coughlan / BBC:
Charles charity cash donation ‘would not happen again’  —  The cash donation accepted by the Prince of Wales for his charity would not happen now, a royal source says.  —  “That was then, this is now,” the source said, following reports Prince Charles had accepted around £2.5m in cash in a suitcase and carrier bags.
Discussion: The Guardian
New York Times:
The Vanishing Moderate Democrat  —  Their positions are popular.  So why are they going extinct?  —  Early last year, as Democrats were preparing to control the White House and Congress for the first time in a decade, Josh Gottheimer met with Nancy Pelosi to discuss their party's message.
Discussion: NRCC
Isabella Simonetti / New York Times:
Over 360 newspapers have closed since just before the start of the pandemic.  —  The same pace — about two closures per week — was occurring before the pandemic.  — Give this article- - - Read in app  —  The pandemic has been bad for the country's local newspapers.
Shelby Talcott / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Ginni Thomas Responds To Jan. 6 Committee's Official Request For Testimony  —  Virginia “Ginni” Thomas's lawyer sent a response Tuesday to the January 6 Select House Committee, just over one week after they formally requested her testimony.  —  Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice …
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Nicole Winfield / Associated Press:
Pelosi receives Communion in Vatican amid abortion debate  —  ROME (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Pope Francis on Wednesday and received Communion during a papal Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, witnesses said, despite her position in support of abortion rights.
Brad Dress / The Hill:
Boebert says she is ‘tired’ of separation between church and state: ‘The church is supposed to direct the government’  —  Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) says she is “tired” of the long-standing separation between church and state in the U.S., adding that she believes “the church is supposed to direct the government.”
Discussion: RedState
Suhasini Raj / New York Times:
Religious Unrest Spreads in India With Killing of Hindu Man  —  Two Muslim men filmed themselves attacking a Hindu, a tailor, who had been accused of backing anti-Islamic remarks.  — Give this article- - - Read in app  —  NAINITAL, India — The attackers recorded the gruesome killing on a mobile phone.
Discussion: CBS News
Travis Waldron / HuffPost:
GOP Election Denier Tina Peters Loses Colorado Secretary Of State Primary  —  The Mesa County clerk who was under indictment for tampering with voting machines lost to a Republican who acknowledged the 2020 vote was legitimate.  —  Pam Anderson, a Republican who acknowledged that Joe Biden …
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Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Illinois Governor's Race Shows G.O.P.'s Lurch to Right (With Nudge From Left)
Peter Canellos / Politico:
When the Supreme Court Makes a Mistake  —  What happens when the Supreme Court gets it wrong?  —  Misguided court decisions have altered the path of the nation in sadly demonstrable ways.  And the question arises again from the series of sharply divisive rulings by the current court.
Vogue:
Gloria Steinem, the Duchess of Sussex, and Jessica Yellin on Abortion Rights, the ERA, and Why They Won't Give Up Hope  —  two days after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade—Jessica Yellin, the award-winning journalist and founder of the independent media company News Not Noise …
 
 
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Eltaf Najafizada / Bloomberg:
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Jim Mustian / Associated Press:
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Americans' Complex Views on Gender Identity and Transgender Issues
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Rita Omokha / Vanity Fair:
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Ex-Giuliani associate to be sentenced for campaign finance violations
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